Lou Abbott - Drums
You will see and hear Dr. Lou’s music versatility as he roams between classrooms and performs nightly. His degrees in Jazz and Commercial Music from Temple University in Philadelphia (where he grew up) and Percussion from the University of Miami reflect his commitment to teaching how to perform musical styles authentically.
Dr. Abbott is a Roots musician—a student of American styles that exist today through roots systems of earlier music. This has led to a diverse resume of recordings and performances with contemporary artists such as Raul Midon, Jonathan Kreisberg, David Darling, Susan Werner, Joey Gilmore, Ira Sullivan, Howard Levy and Kevin Roth. He has also accompanied legends such Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Yolanda Adams, Danny Rapp, Carol Channing and Theodore Bikel.
Lou is a faculty member of Broward College and Barry University. His website: singingdrummer.com, logs his singing and songwriting career accomplishments and he is a regular contributor to beatlebrunchclub.com.
Dr. Abbott performs with multiple bands in South Florida and, during this winter season, accompanied touring artists Josh Young and Kristin Stewart (Broadway), Lance Lipinski (Million Dollar Quartet), The Harry James Orchestra, Travis Cloer (Jersey Boys), and tribute acts for the music of Carole King, Linda Rondstadt and Whitney Houston.
Quote from a Board Member: Watching Lou Abbott perform is watching a master at work. His versatility as a percussionist becomes evident in performance, as he listens intently to the other performers, focusing on the best way to complete the group sound with his masterful, rhythmic choices.
Clipper Anderson - Bass
Known for his improvisational virtuosity, his steady presence in the pocket and his command of multiple styles, bassist Clipper Anderson is one of the most highly regarded musicians on the Northwest jazz scene today. Equally comfortable with straight-ahead, traditional, free jazz or bebop, he plays with genuine reverence for the music and an unassuming mastery that speaks for itself. Clipper has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a composer, performer, studio musician, vocalist and educator.
Clipper plays at jazz festivals throughout the United States and Canada. He has shared the bandstand with a long list of jazz luminaries including Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Samuels, Peter Erskine, Bruce Forman, Tamir Hendelman, Bob Mintzer, Lew Soloff, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco. As a session musician, Clipper has appeared on numerous recordings, including five with Northwest vocal icon, Greta Matassa. Clipper works out of Seattle, WA and is presently on the jazz faculty at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Brennan Baglio - Singer & Songwriter
Our Jazz Choir director is Brennan Baglio, a gifted teacher, director and performer. Brennan is the baritone and tour manager in the professional vocal jazz septet Groove For Thought, which has performed on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” and performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Brennan is a native of the Seattle area and previously taught choir, piano, voice, and music technology courses at Bellevue College. http://www.brennanbaglio.com/links/
In addition to teaching and performing, he maintains a busy schedule as a studio singer, producer and mix engineer. He sings on radio jingles, commercials, and other vocal projects, and has published some of his original arrangements. As clinician and adjudicator, Brennan presented at the Jazz Education Network Conference, Washington Music Educators Association Conference, and Utah Music Educators Association Conference. He has also been asked to adjudicate jazz festivals and direct honor choirs throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Nick Biello - Saxophone
"This acorn seems to have dropped from something other than the traditional alto tree. Biello goes his own way, and has the chops to back it up. The result is an individual, identifiable sound of his own, something close to unattainable at this point of the jazz lineage." - Paul Rauch, AllAboutJazz.com
Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Biello is developing a reputation as an exciting and artful musician.
Nick has worked with some of the greatest artists in jazz, and was recently recognized for his prowess as a saxophonist and improviser by being named the winner of the Julius Keilwerth 2014 International Saxophone Idol Competition.
Nick has been recorded on hundreds of albums, from his own original projects to his work as a sideman for other artists. His debut album, "Vagabond Soul," released in 2017 on the Truth Revolution Recording Collective, features Phil Markowitz, John Benitez, Clarence Penn, Paul Jones, Andrew Renfroe, and Vincent Lionti.
In demand as a composer and arranger, Nicholas has written arrangements that have been performed by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland. His work has been televised on networks such as ABC and ESPN, and heard in venues in Las Vegas, L.A., and New York City. He has worked with members of the famed Apollo Theater house band in music composition and production.
Nick has studied with Jackie McLean, Steve Wilson, George Garzone, Jon Gordon, and Phil Markowitz, and holds a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music. Nick is a D'addario Woodwinds Artist and uses D'addario reeds and accessories. Nick is also a Silverstein Artist and uses Silverstein ligatures. Learn more about Nick.
Camille Bloom - Singer & Songwriter
Camille Bloom has played in premier venues in eight different countries including Canada, U.S.A., Germany, The Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. Combining percussive guitar and a voice that can "purr and wail" (Victory Review), "Camille's music can make even the rain dance" (Mike Galaxy Indie Music). In the last six years, Camille has been featured in Performing Songwriter Magazine and has had songs licensed for use in 21 shows on major network channels including, MTV, E! and Oxygen. Camille has also completed more than 30 national/international tours. In 2009, her songs charted on the European FAR (Freeform American Roots) Charts
Known for her incredibly dynamic voice and edgy acoustic rock, Camille has toured the U.S. playing the most premier venues on both coasts - from New York City's Bitter End, Boston's Club Passim, Seattle's Triple Door, Tractor, and Crocodile, and Los Angeles' The Mint. She shared the stage with acts such as Smashmouth, SUGARCULT, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and many more. She has released three full-length albums, two EPs, and one Live DVD. Learn more about Camille.
Darin Clendenin - Piano/Accompanist
Darin Clendenin is one of the Northwest’s finest pianist and keyboard artists. Fluent in numerous styles of music, his stylish interpretations of old classics, jazz standards and classical to modern works enchant audiences everywhere. Darin’s performances, as well as his arranging and composing talents, are sought after for their artistry and their magical innovative mix of styles. Darin has performed at various events throughout North America including: opening for Herbie Hancock, Zoo Tunes Concert Series, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, International Jazz Festival, Du Maurier Jazz Festival, and Toronto Jazz Festival. He also has performed with numerous jazz legends, such as Nancy King, Ernestine Anderson, Leroy Vinnegar, Mel Brown and Ron Steen. His work can also be heard on numerous recordings.
Theodore DeCorso - Artistic Director, Clarinet & Saxophone
Theodore (Ted) DeCorso has performed extensively as clarinetist and saxophonist. He has appeared in solo and chamber recitals throughout the US and Europe, including recitals at the International Clarinet Congress in London and Seattle and in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He was clarinet concerto soloist with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra on tour in the People's Republic of China. Ted was also the soprano saxophonist for the soundtrack of "Make Prayers to the Raven," a PBS TV documentary broadcast worldwide.
Ted received a Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance from the Julliard School and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Connecticut. He is currently music director of the Sun Coast Symphony Orchestra in Clearwater, Florida.
Ed Donohue - Trumpet & Jazz Band II
Ed Donohue is a freelance jazz trumpet player who is active in the Seattle area. He directs jazz bands and wind ensemble at Port Angeles Junior High School. Prior to his work at the Blaine Jazz Festival, Ed was the featured guest trumpet and a member of the jazz and improvisation faculty at the University of Alaska Summer Arts Camp for 20 years.
Randy Halberstadt - Piano
A pianist, arranger, composer, lyricist, and author, Randy has enjoyed an international performing career, having played and/or recorded with Mimi Fox, Ray Drummond, Jay Clayton, Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco, James Moody, Herb Ellis, Mel Brown, Nancy Kelly, Houston Person, Sheila Jordan, Ernestine Anderson, Rene Marie, Bobby Shew, Marlena Shaw, Jackie Ryan, Jiggs Wigham, John Stowell, and many others. Randy’s book, Metaphors For The Musician: Perspectives From A Jazz Pianist (Sher Music 2002) has become one of the most highly acclaimed texts in jazz education, and his composition “When Springtime Turns To Fall” appears in The All-Jazz Real Book (both books published by Sher Music Co. in 2002). His recordings include Inner Voice (Pony Boy Records 1991), Clockwork (Pony Boy Records 1995), Parallel Tracks (Origin Records 2004), Flash Point (Origin Records 2010), and Open Heart (Origin Records 2018). Randy makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and taught for 41 years at Seattle’s prestigious Cornish College of the Arts until May 2018. Learn more about Randy.
Larry Holloway - Bass
Larry is the go-to bassist for many regional and national artists and bandleaders. Early in his career, Larry had the opportunity to perform with musical greats such as Chet Baker, Harold Land, Louie Bellson and Gary Foster. He has had the honor of working with Bernadette Peters, Steve Allen, Don Rickles, Regis Philbin, Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers.
What distinguishes Larry from other bassists is his technique of tuning his instrument in fifths, which gives his bass a wider range of sound and clarity. This technique was pioneered by Larry's mentor, the great bassist Red Mitchell. Larry was the first recipient of the Red Mitchell Scholarship Award, granted for his "dedication to the challenge of experimentation" and his "spirit of innovation."
Greg Hopkins - Trumpet & Jazz Band I
Internationally recognized as an arranger, composer, and performer, Professor Hopkins is a beloved member of the Berklee Jazz Composition Department. Greg is Director of the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, one of the top collegiate ensembles in the world. Greg is one of the most prominent jazz educators today. Greg has performed with Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Lena Horne, Dizzy Gillespie, Gladys Knight, and countless other legendary artists. He is the former arranger and jazz trumpeter with the Buddy Rich orchestra. Learn more about Greg.
Gregor Huebner - Violin & Composer
Gregor Huebner is an award-winning, Grammy-nominated composer and violinist, celebrated by audiences and critics alike for his visionary work across genres. His music has been described by The New York City Jazz Record as “challenging and vivid… seamlessly incorporating chamber elements with Avant Garde Jazz,” while All About Jazz describes him as “a virtuoso with broad experience in large and small classical ensembles.” Huebner’s recent El Violin Latino, an album exploring the role of the violin in traditional Latin American music, was praised by The Wall Street Journal. A highly sought-after player, Huebner has appeared in many major concert halls and festivals around the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, Berlin Philharmonie, the Hollywood Bowl, Montreux Jazz Fest, Frauenkirche in Dresden, JVC Jazz and Gewandhaus Leipzig. He has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in jazz and pop, including Smokey Robinson, Diane Reeves, Billy Hart, Randy Becker, Joe Zawinul and John Patitucci.
As a seasoned educator, Huebner has given workshops and master classes on performance, composition and improvisation with esteemed institutions, such as the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his master’s degree and was recognized with a “President’s Award.” Learn more about Gregor
Mark Kelly - Saxophone
Mark Kelly has played and taught woodwinds and jazz in Bellingham since 1983. Founder and director of the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band, he has received the Mayor's Arts Award and Washington Music Educators Association Friends of Music Award for his work with this group. He also runs a private windwood studio, a teenage sax ensemble, and performs in many local and regional bands. He has played, taught and coached at Blaine Harbor Music Festival, North Sound Youth Symphony, Western Washington University, and several Whatcom County & Bellingham School music programs.
David Marriott Jr. - Trombone
Described as a "canny and imaginative player whose solos display an extraordinary sense of architecture and conception," award-winning trombonist David Marriott is a musician for the next generation. Equally at home as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator, David is co-leader, with brother Thomas, of the Marriott Jazz Quintet. The group gained early acclaim for its first CD, Open Season in 1997 and was voted the Best Emerging Group by Earshot jazz magazine that same year. David also has an illustrious performance background, having won the Eastern Trombone Workshop Jazz Soloist Competition in 1999. He is member of Seattle's highly acclaimed Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the New York-based Brian Lynch Big Band.
In addition to David's work as a performer, he is a passionate educator with experience teaching in public and private high school programs and summer jazz workshops. He has also worked at Hunter College, the Manhattan School of Music's Preparatory Division, and most recently at the University of Washington. David teaches young musicians not only the mechanics and history in playing and learning jazz music, but also how to find their own passion, path and voice as an improviser of jazz.
Greta Matassa - Vocals
In the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim as a vocalist. She has been voted four times by the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, as the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated "Jazz After Hours" radio program, praises her versatility. "She has a fearlessness in approaching material that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session,” Wilke says. Seattle Times critic, Misha Berson, described Greta as a vocal chameleon who "can sound husky or crisp, ebullient or wailing, girlish or jaded.”
Jon Mutchler - Piano
Jon Mutchler is one of the festival's long term instructors, teaching jazz piano, combo, and theory. He has taught piano for more than 25 years and has also produced seven CDs of solo piano music, all available on Amazon.
Jon has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies and classical piano performance from Western Washington University and earned his Master of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. He is proud to be the son of jazz education legend, the late Dr. Ralph D. Mutchler (a.k.a."RDM"). Jon and his wife, Diane, are raising a family of seven children – several of whom have attended the Blaine Jazz Festival. He is also the founding pastor of the Ferndale Alliance Church and is the elected mayor of Ferndale, WA. In his free time he trains and participates in triathlons. Learn more about Jon.
Jovino Santos Neto - Piano & Composer
Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto worked as a pianist, flutist and producer with the legendary Hermeto Pascoal in his native Brazil for 15 years before moving to Seattle in 1993. He has released several recordings as a composer and leader of his Quinteto, and in collaboration with musicians such as Mike Marshall, Bill Frisell, Gretchen Parlato, Paquito d’Rivera and many more. A worldwide performer and lecturer, he has received many commissions and awards for his work for orchestras, soloists, chamber ensembles, and for his Quinteto. Jovino’s music blends contemporary harmonies and improvisations with a rich variety of Brazilian rhythmic languages. Jovino was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame and is a Professor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. For more information, visit Jovino’s website: www.jovisan.net and Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/JovinoSantosNeto
Charlie Porter - Trumpet
Following in the footsteps of his mentor, Wynton Marsalis, internationally acclaimed trumpeter & composer Charlie Porter has delved into many projects from jazz and classical to Arabic, Indian, African, Australian Aboriginal and Korean music, seeking to find common ground among all "good music" and avoiding the pigeon holdings of being a "jazz" or "classical" trumpeter/composer. Touring with his quartet throughout India, China, West Africa and Southeast Asia as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's American Music Abroad program was highly influential in shaping Charlie's inclusive view of music.
Mr. Porter has toured the world as a side-man and band-leader in jazz, and also as a classical soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording with many notable musicians and groups over the last twenty years ranging from jazz greats like Joe Zawinul, Paquito D’Rivera, Charli Persip and Chuck Israels to classical artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Simone Dinnerstein and Sarah Chang, as well as world music greats Goran Bregovic, Bassekou Kouyate, Marcel Khalife and Kim Duksoo, among many others. Mr. Porter holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of music in jazz and classical performance. Learn more about Charlie.
Robert Storms - Clarinet
Bob was a music teacher in the public schools for forty years, teaching band, jazz band, elementary music and chorus. He was elected Music Teacher of the Year in 2000 by the San Juan District of the Washington State MENC (Music Education National Conference). As a teacher, he used his talents to create new compositions, and he eventually became known as a composer. He began publishing his own compositions, and they are now being played from California to Alaska, and Canada.
Bob is the winner of three composition contests, and author of ten books of songs, along with numerous pieces for concert band, orchestra, choir and small instrumental ensembles. Now retired, Bob devotes his time to composing, arranging, and guest conducting and performing, and playing jazz professionally. Bob’s clarinet playing has been recognized by both jazz and classical audiences, and his participation in countless Dixieland Jazz Festivals around the U.S.A. has allowed him to perform with famous musicians and travel around the globe. Bob will be offering a class in Trad Jazz, a musical genre that encompasses Dixieland, Blues, and Roots music.
Chris Woitach - Guitar
Christopher Woitach is a jazz guitarist and composer living in Portland, Oregon. He performs a wide range of jazz styles, from Dixieland to free jazz, ragtime to bebop. His compositions reflect his diverse musical tastes and abilities, and combine the intricacies of baroque counterpoint with the freedom of modern jazz. Chris has played with many nationally and internationally known artists, including Bernadette Peters, Rich Little, Hank Roberts, Bob Mover, Tony Monaco, Mel Brown, and John Stowell. He regularly performs throughout the Pacific Northwest, and at jazz festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Chris’ recordings have been played on broadcast and internet radio stations across the globe.